Breakout Star Of The Year: Flip Gordon

After an impressive rookie campaign in ROH in 2017, Flip Gordon was poised for a breakout 2018, and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Not only did the native of Kalispell, Mont., continue to wow fans with his incredibly innovative and acrobatic offense, but he also scored victories over some of the biggest stars in the company.

Gordon won the Sea of Honor tournament on the Chris Jericho cruise in October, defeating Silas Young, Marty Scurll, Dalton Castle and Jay Briscoe in succession. All four of those men were either former ROH World champions or former ROH World Television champions. By winning the tournament, Gordon earned a future shot at the ROH World Title, which he will receive at some point in 2019. He also competed in New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament for the first time.

Perhaps the most impressive part of those accomplishments was Gordon’s ability to do so while being attacked, ambushed, and bullied at every turn by Bully Ray. Showing just how much he has matured as a competitor and as a man, Gordon not only stood up to the bully, he conquered him. At Final Battle, the former Army National Guardsman defeated Bully Ray in a bloody, brutal I Quit Match.